The state of Montana recently had a ban on the popular social media app, TikTok, blocked in the U.S. District Court of Montana. The decision comes as a blow to critics of the app, who have been attempting to restrict its use and spread in the United States.
The controversial app started to gain traction in 2020, when it was quickly embraced by a large population of users, mostly young people. Critics of the app soon raised concerns that the app was a national security risk due to the company’s Chinese ownership. The app’s content has also been scrutinized due to its potential portrayal of minors in a sexualized manner.
In response to these concerns, the state of Montana attempted to enact a ban on the app in June of 2020. This ban would have forbidden government agencies in the state from doing business with the app. The District Court, however, blocked the ban, citing the lack of evidence that the app does actually endanger national security.
The ruling could potentially set a precedent for other states that may be considering similar bans. It also indicates that there is, currently, no legal pathway to restricting the use of TikTok in the United States.
This outcome is a major setback for the many critics of the app who have sought to limit its reach. Despite these obstacles, however, the fight against TikTok is likely to continue as similarly concerned groups and state legislatures continue to lobby against the app.
Regardless of the legal implications, the decision to block Montana’s ban indicates that TikTok is likely to remain open to use in the United States in the near future. This could spell trouble for those who are concerned with the security risks posed by the app, as well as those who worry about its potential to impart questionable content to young users.